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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Desire (Noun)
 
  The passions and desires, like the two twists of rope, mutually mix one with the other, and twine inextricably round the heart; producing good, if moderately indulged; but certain destruction, if suffered to become inordinate.
            —Robert Burton
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